Thursday, August 17, 2006
Blue Fruit and Blog Stuff
This is some blue fruit (berries) on one of my viburnums, Viburnum dentatum "Chicago Lustre". I don't think people plant enough viburnums and other large shrubs in the landscape. At least I don't see that many large shrubs in my neighborhood. I think that is just wrong.
These large shrubs are providing food for birds and shelter as well. Plus, they flower in the spring and the foliage is very nice. Not to mention, they hide what is behind them, which in my case is a privacy fence in my garden. They are large enough that they provide privacy all on their own, even without a fence behind them.
Are people afraid of a large plant that isn't a tree? What's wrong with people? Get brave, plant large shrubs! Plan for it now. Fall will soon be here, and we know that fall is for planting!
And, now a few words about my blogs...
I noticed that Blogger has a new release of software that I will need to upgrade to at some point. Right now, it is beta software, meaning that it is released for use, but there are known issues that they are still working on. I think I will wait to upgrade my sites because there's no going back after you do the upgrade.
Plus, I tried to get to this garden/landscape blog, because the blog author appears to have upgraded to the new version, and I wanted to check it out, but I get errors when I try to do so. If anyone is using Blogger like me and has upgraded already, and has some lessons learned to pass along, please leave me a comment! I think they've added some nice features, so I actually do look forward to upgrading.
Related to blogs, I have noticed in reading other gardener's blogs that many of them have companion blogs, around other topics which may or may not relate to gardening. I have a couple of other blogs, and just a few weeks ago one of my sisters commented, "I didn't know you had this whole other blog with more gardening posts." I started the other blog, the hoe collection blog, so I would have a place to post my hoe pictures and not have them archive off to oblivion, and then I added some other posts there along the way. At one time, I made some distinction on what I put on this blog vs. the hoe collection blog, but I'm not sure that distinction is meaningful now and I can't even remember my whole thought process behind it. So, little by little, I'll bring some of those posts over to this blog, and leave the other blog for its original purpose, a place to see pictures of hoes. (As if that is is what the world needs!)
I also have a blog not related to gardening. It's where I post entries from my grandmother's diaries, one day at a time, as she wrote them in the 1920's. There are a few family members and some people who just discovered it by chance who seem to read it regularly. I also added a companion blog for these diaries to post old family pictures related to the diary, so they also would not just archive away with the diary. It takes just a few minute a day to post, with a few of my comments, and I think people get hooked wondering what will happen next. Sometimes it goes for days with nothing of great interest and then something will happen. Just like real life. Oh, I forgot, it is a real life!
Now, go plant some large shrubs!